HBO has acquired the U.S. television rights for Jessica Edwards' documentary on Mavis Staples, Mavis!, and Films We Like has sealed a deal for all rights in Canada. The film had a well-received world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March.
No air date is set yet as the film will make the rounds at film festivals through the summer. It will next screen at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Hot Docs, and the Montclair Film Festival; Stephen Colbert and Mavis Staples will participate in a post-screening discussion at the Montclair, NJ festival.
Staples, who sang two songs at the world premiere in Austin, Texas, released a statement about her documentary: "I've been touring since 1954, and I've been to all kinds of festivals, but I don't think I was at a film festival until my movie screened in Austin. That was something else -- to sit in the audience and see on that big screen the results of me and Jessica talking, all the old pictures and family performances, to hear these music giants say such nice things about me. I cried all my mascara off.